You know you’ve lost the culture war when you have to retreat behind a garrison to live the way you want.Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan is attempting to build America’s first “Catholic Town.”
Abortions, pornography and contraceptives will be banned in the new Florida town of Ave Maria, which has begun to take shape on former vegetable farms 90 miles northwest of Miami.
Tom Monaghan, the founder of the Domino’s Pizza chain, has stirred protests from civil rights activists by declaring that Ave Maria’s pharmacies will not be allowed to sell condoms or birth control pills. The town’s cable television network will carry no X-rated channels.
The town will be centred around a 100ft tall oratory and the first Catholic university to be built in America for 40 years. The university’s president, Nicholas J Healy, has said future students should “help rebuild the city of God” in a country suffering from “catastrophic cultural collapse”.
This is a nightmare. It’s nothing more than a town-sized cult compound. I pity the poor children raised in this cultural concentration camp.
It’s not that different from what my mom Elizabeth Clare Prophet tried to do in the Paradise Valley of Montana. Not only does it not work, in terms of protection of your children from “the world,” it paradoxically makes them even more curious. It’s kind of like being raised in a religious version of the Truman Show: all kids will want to do is find out what’s going on outside the prison gates.
And when they finally arrive in the cultural mainstream, they won’t have had the benefits of having learned about it gradually for 18 years. They will be handicapped, because they have been taught to see the world in only a very limited, (and personally limiting) context. Without the normal training and socialization, young people coming out of such a cloistered environment can fall harder and faster than anyone else.
The enduring stereotype of the sex-crazed Catholic schoolgirl didn’t come from nowhere!
But this isn’t the only thing lost on Monaghan, or university president Healy. These two are downright frightening with their backward belief systems. Healy considers secular trends in Europe to be “one of the most profound and unsettling developments of our new century”.
Healy also states that “If you consider the more telling signs, such as its plummeting birth rate, Europe does not even seem to believe in a future . . . children are a sign of hope and the fruit of obedience to God’s command to be fruitful and multiply.”
Ah….maybe Healy should check to see if ‘god’ provided enough resources for his multiplying children. Last time I checked, we would need about 7 to 10 earths to sustainably support even the current population (at First World levels of consumption), let alone future increases. If we were all SUV driving, meat-eating Americans, we would need 11.6 earths!
Healy better hope the gods of technology can keep up with all the indiscriminate rutting of his non-birth-control-using Catholics. In the words of Bill Hicks, we need to figure out “this food/air thing…”